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Cuba: Tourism on the Archipelago

The Cuban archipelago, which offers traditional sun and beach options, as well as cultural, natural and historic attractions, is full of one-of-a-kind sites away from traditional tourist resorts.

Havana, coastal resorts such as Santa Lucía and Varadero, and the cities of Trinidad, Baracoa and Remedios are complemented by tourist and recreational options on the archipelago's islets.

However, tourist attractions can also be found on the keys that make up the Cuban archipelago. One of those keys is Cayo Levisa, off Pinar del Río's north coast, which offers three kilometers of excellent beaches and 23 dive sites.

In addition, Cayo Largo del Sur, offers 24 kilometers of excellent beaches of fine white sand.

Tourists can enjoy the beauty of the sea surrounding the islet, where they can go scuba diving or snorkeling, or take excursions to other natural sites in the region.

In central Cuba, tourists can visit the keys Santa María, Las Brujas, Ensenachos, Cobos, Majá, Fragoso, Francés, Las Picúas and Español de Adentro, among others, which are connected by a 48-km causeway over the sea.

Panoramic view.
Panoramic view. Cayo Coco

A system of canals becomes an aquatic labyrinth between the keys, offering a huge potential for diving programs and nautical activities.

One of the most exclusive sites is Cayo Saetía, in eastern Cuba, at the entrance of the Bay of Nipe. It is considered the largest game preserve in the country and is inhabited by a wide range of animal and plant species.

The tourist region of Holguín, one of the fastest-growing destinations in the country, offers vacationers the incredible attraction of Cayo Naranjo, where tourists are surprised by an aquarium in the middle of the sea.

Located in the Bay of Naranjo, the center is accessed on speedboats from the nearby coast. Once there, tourists can watch a wide range of marine species and can take a refreshing swim with some of them.

About 30 kilometers of coastline with five natural beaches, archeological settlements, caves and pristine keys are part of an offer that is complemented by a six-kilometer-long coral reef where tourists can scuba dive and snorkel.

One of the fastest-growing destinations north of Ciego de Avila is the Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens) archipelago.

The main key in that region, Cayo Coco, is the fourth largest islet in the Cuban archipelago. It has an area of 370 square kilometers and offers 22 kilometers of excellent beaches surrounded by mangrove swamps and coconut trees.

In Jardines del Rey, Cayo Guillermo is one of the smallest keys. It has an area of 18 square kilometers. Its exuberant flora includes mahogany, mastic and savin trees

The world's second largest coral reef, which runs for 400 kilometers parallel to the keys Sabinal, Guajaba, Romano and Cruz, gets closer to Cuba's north coast in Santa Lucía beach. The coral reef is a safe haven for 200 species of sponges, 500 of fish and even the remains of 27 sunken ships.

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